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Elizabeth Stivison

Elizabeth Stivison
Elizabeth Stivison is a careers columnist for ASBMB Today who writes about academic careers. She recently earned her Ph.D. at Columbia University studying mechanisms of DNA repair. She loves biology research and enjoys writing about new discoveries, as well as the different career paths people take. Her favorite parts of writing about science are diving into new topics outside her field of expertise and getting to know the amazing people behind the work. Everyone has their own story and their own thoughts about their work and their job, and having the privilege to interview people, learn about them, and share their insights with others brings Stivison so much joy. In her free time, she enjoys writing music, playing the guitar and drums, and taking her crazy dog Milo to the park.

Articles by Elizabeth Stivison

A procrastinator’s guide to scheduling your time in lab
Life in the Lab

A procrastinator’s guide to scheduling your time in lab

April 9, 2021
Our academic careers columnist offers tips and low- and high-tech tools to help you overcome sticking points in your projects.
Leaving, and returning to, the academy
Jobs

Leaving, and returning to, the academy

March 12, 2021
Our academic careers columnist talked to four people who managed to leave the academy and find a way back in.
The wide range of academic institutions
Jobs

The wide range of academic institutions

Feb. 19, 2021
There are many different types of academic institutions at which people research, teach and study the life sciences. Our academic careers columnist breaks down the designations.
All about Ph.D. committee meetings
Professional Development

All about Ph.D. committee meetings

Jan. 29, 2021
Our academic careers columnist breaks down everything you need to know: What they are, what they’re for, and how to get the most out of them.
How to get involved in science outreach
Outreach

How to get involved in science outreach

Jan. 8, 2021
Our academic careers columnist writes about how students, postdocs and professors can get involved in the essential work of outreach while keeping their day jobs.
How PIs pick postdocs
Jobs

How PIs pick postdocs

Dec. 18, 2020
Our academic careers columnist talked to lab leaders about their hiring processes.
How to get and keep a handle on the literature in your field
Professional Development

Get and keep a handle on the literature

Nov. 27, 2020
Whether you're new to the field or trying to do a better job of staying up to date, these tools and techniques will help.
How to write a cold email
Jobs

Cold emails: a pandemic-friendly way to find a postdoc position

Nov. 6, 2020
Cold emailing, or sending an email to someone you don’t know, can be a little stressful, but now that face-to-face meetings are limited, it's a crucial skill.
What to consider during your Ph.D. rotations
Life in the Lab

What to consider during your Ph.D. rotations

Oct. 16, 2020
Choosing the right lab doesn't hinge on the science alone. Find out what other factors you should weigh before making this important decision.
What exactly is a chalk talk?
Jobs

What exactly is a chalk talk?

Sept. 25, 2020
Three new professors share their experiences with careers columnist Elizabeth Stivison.
Private funding for early-career researchers
Funding

Private funding for early-career researchers

Sept. 4, 2020
Careers columnist Elizabeth Stivison explores funding available from foundations, nonprofits and other private entities.
Funding for Ph.D. students, postdocs and early-career researchers
Funding

Funding for Ph.D. students, postdocs and early-career researchers

Aug. 14, 2020
These are grants that can fund your training and set you up for a career as an independent, tenure-track investigator.
What is it like to be a professor at a primarily undergraduate institution?
Jobs

Being a professor at a PUI

July 24, 2020
Careers columnist Elizabeth Stivison talked to professors at PUIs about how they prepared for careers that center teaching, how they incorporate and pay for research, and what they look for in job applicants.
How can labs reopen safely?
Life in the Lab

How can labs reopen safely?

July 3, 2020
Labs are trying to reopen and get back to research while not spreading COVID-19. Great goal, but how do we do that?
Neurodiversity: How to make your lab more inclusive (part 2)
Professional Development

Neurodiversity: How to make your lab more inclusive (part 2)

June 17, 2020
Careers columnist Elizabeth Stivison completes a two-part series for principal investigators who want to make their labs more inclusive to neurodiverse members.
Neurodiversity: How to make your lab more inclusive (part 1)
Professional Development

Neurodiversity: How to make your lab more inclusive (part 1)

May 22, 2020
Careers columnist Elizabeth Stivison begins a two-part series for principal investigators who want to make their labs more inclusive to neurodiverse members.
Academic job exploration: the core facility manager
Jobs

Academic job exploration: the core facility manager

May 1, 2020
Careers columnist Elizabeth Stivison interviewed Theresa Swayne, the manager of the confocal and specialized microscopy core facility at Columbia University, to learn about her job.
A new city, a new job and a global pandemic
Essay

A new city, a new job and a global pandemic

April 9, 2020
Elizabeth Stivison and her dog, Milo, moved from New York City to Nashville Tennessee, for her postdoc at Vanderbilt University. Within weeks, she narrowly escaped a tornado and COVID-19 turned the world upside-down.
Making the leap: How do PIs start their own labs?
Jobs

Making the leap: How do PIs start their own labs?

March 20, 2020
Careers columnist Elizabeth Stivison talked to PIs to learn how they started their labs — from where their ideas came from to the logistics of transitioning from postdoc to prof.
From the journals: MCP
Journal News

From the journals: MCP

March 18, 2020
New therapeutic targets for hyperactive mTOR, a SPEEDy way to prepare mass spec samples, and a new program to identify and validate citrullinated peptides. Read about these recent papers in the journal Molecular & Cellular Proteomics.
Up your presentation game
Professional Development

Up your presentation game

Feb. 28, 2020
These resources will help you give talks people want to listen to.
Overview of academic research, teaching and other positions
Jobs

Overview of academic research, teaching and other positions

Feb. 7, 2020
Our careers columnist investigated all the academic job titles she could find to understand what the options are for people looking to participate in research and teaching at colleges and universities.
Yang follows the science where it takes her
Award

Yang follows the science where it takes her

Feb. 5, 2020
During her Ph.D., JBC/Tabor award winner Cindy Yang studied the health effects of astaxanthin, an antioxidant carotenoid compound found in algae.
Taking vacations as a Ph.D. student
Jobs

Taking vacations as a Ph.D. student

Jan. 17, 2020
"Was I essentially asking for a favor whenever I asked for days off? Or, conversely, was I an idiot by not taking advantage of this unusually free time in my life because I didn’t take vacations all the time?"
From the journals: MCP
Journal News

From the journals: MCP

Jan. 3, 2020
Articles in the journal Molecular & Cellular Proteomics report peptide signatures for ID'g bacteria. the first evidence of phosphorylation in Francisella tularensis, how pathogenic phleboviruses bud and exit host cells, and more.
Ups and downs of the adjunct faculty position
Jobs

Ups and downs of the adjunct faculty position

Dec. 26, 2019
Our careers columnist examines the pros and cons of the adjunct job: At times it can be a great choice, and at times it ends up being a bad deal.
Becoming an active citizen and scientist
Annual Meeting

Becoming an active citizen and scientist

Dec. 1, 2019
Ray Blind, a JLR junior associate editor, studies nonmembrane lipids and aims to help students who, like him, didn’t grow up in an elite academic world.
How to find a postdoctoral research position
Jobs

How to find a postdoctoral research position

Nov. 26, 2019
Postdoctoral positions in many cases are a springboard for future independent research as an independent academic researcher, but you can move into industry or other careers afterward, too.
Technicians and lab managers play essential roles in academic research labs
Jobs

Technicians and lab managers play essential roles in academic research labs

Nov. 8, 2019
Sometimes people think of a technician position as one you might take for a few years after college, and that can be the case for some people. However, senior technicians and lab managers can play important long-term roles in labs.
Winding path leads to plant enzyme breakthrough
Award

Winding path leads to plant enzyme breakthrough

Nov. 1, 2019
Manajit Hayer–Hartl has won the 2020/2021 ASBMB–Merck Award for her work synthesizing plant RuBisCo in E. coli.
Academic jobs in the field of microbiology
Jobs

Academic jobs in the field of microbiology

Oct. 16, 2019
This careers column focuses on academic jobs available to study microbiology, the microbiome of the soil and water, and the symbiotic and pathogenic interactions of the microbiome with humans, plants, and animals.
From the journals: October 2019
Journal News

From the journals: October 2019

Oct. 1, 2019
What’s the role of ECM proteins in heart regeneration? How can an acid be converted to boost biofuel production? How does the “many ceramides” hypothesis lead to new tools for studying sphingolipid metabolism? Read about these questions and more.
Biochem, with a side of advocacy
Student Chapters

Biochem, with a side of advocacy

June 1, 2019
As founder of the ASBMB Student Chapter at the College of New Jersey, Kelly McAleer turns her longstanding passion for science and science advocacy into action.
Kuhlman solves protein puzzles with a modeling program
Award

Kuhlman solves protein puzzles with a modeling program

April 1, 2019
The work of Brian Kuhlman can be described broadly as using computers and computational biology to model protein interactions. He uses the molecular modeling software Rosetta for protein interface design, antibody assembly and engineering photoactiv…
From art to proteomics: a path to science
Annual Meeting

From art to proteomics: a path to science

March 1, 2019
Jenn Abelin is one of four young investigators chosen by the editorial team of the journal Molecular & Cellular Proteomics to present their research at the ASBMB annual meeting.
Student Chapter president sees value in campus groups
Student Chapters

Student Chapter president sees value in campus groups

Jan. 1, 2019
Investigative and medical sciences major Victoria Mak balances a full load of classes and a boatload of extracurricular activities at St. Louis University.
Chapter leader finds his niche
Student Chapters

Chapter leader finds his niche

Oct. 1, 2018
Jacob Crosser, former president of the Purdue University ASBMB Student Chapter, started college thinking he wanted to study engineering, then he discovered biochemistry.